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Cervelo C Series Adventure Road

Old 12-18-15, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by DirtRoadRunner View Post
Gravel riding is now an official, commercialized fad when bikes like this are being sold.
Exactly.

There'll be a $3k lower modulus carbon and 105 groupset of this bike in one or two years. They just have to get the most they can out of being one of the first solely racer makers to release a gravel bike!
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Old 12-18-15, 04:26 PM
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At the end of the day, many of the bike companies sell an image first, and a bike second. Five to ten years ago it was the TDF, pro-roadie image, now it is the "adventure riding/gravel" image of loading up for a weekend of bikepacking or riding the Dirty Kanza. It will be something else in another five years.

Salsa has been promoting it the most - their website is full of stories and routes promoting the lifestyle and image of adventure riding. While I do like many of their bikes, I can't help but wonder how many get sold to folks who never use them for their intended purpose. Kind of like those squeaky-clean FJ Cruisers or 4-door Jeeps that cruise around on huge knobby tires, but never see so much as a dirt road. It's not about going off road, its about looking cool.

As someone who lives in a rural area with endless gravel roads, and spends most of my cycling miles on solo mixed-terrain riding (pavement, gravel/hardpack, singletrack, and 4-wheeler trails), it is easy to see which bikes are actually ideal for the marketed use, and which are just high-priced toys, capitalizing on a fad, that miss the mark of actual functionality for the intended purpose. Riding those mixed surfaces will quickly key you in to the little bike nuances in things like bottom-bracket drop, bar position, gearing, and tire pressure that, when all put together, can make or break the ride.
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Old 12-25-15, 01:24 PM
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Since Dirty Kanza has been mentioned, it might be worthwhile for those who are not familiar with it to take a look at their link. After that, go back to the Post above and read it in context

https://www.dirtykanza200.com/faq/
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Old 12-28-15, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by DirtRoadRunner View Post
As someone who lives in a rural area with endless gravel roads, and spends most of my cycling miles on solo mixed-terrain riding (pavement, gravel/hardpack, singletrack, and 4-wheeler trails), it is easy to see which bikes are actually ideal for the marketed use, and which are just high-priced toys, capitalizing on a fad, that miss the mark of actual functionality for the intended purpose.
I'm noticing that people who are the least impressed by this bike are mostly the ones who live in the middle of the country, where the intended purpose is maybe flatter than for people in mountainous states.
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Old 12-28-15, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I'm noticing that people who are the least impressed by this bike are mostly the ones who live in the middle of the country, where the intended purpose is maybe flatter than for people in mountainous states.
A typical Ozark gravel ride has lots of grades in the 10-25% range, and total climbing somewhere in the 3,000-4,000 ft range for a 50 mile loop. There are no climbs more than 2-3 miles like you all have out West, but it is definitely not flat. Just a whole lot of going up and down hills that are 200 to 400+ ft high. Some of the roads are smooth hardpack, but almost all have patches that are very rocky and/or loose.

The skinny-tired, short-wheelbase Cervelo would be fine on smooth hardpack, but would not be ideal for loose and/or rocky gravel, especially at speed - mainly due to skinny tires (28c) and short back end, which compromise ride quality and stability. The bike has similar geometry to my CAAD9 - definitely rideable with 25c tires on gravel, but not exactly fun or confidence-inspiring compared to my 40c-tired, long-wheelbase gravel bike, which I can bomb down steep hills as long as they aren't excessively loose or rough.

The small-tire, short-wheelbase shortcoming would be even more pronounced out West, if you have a 10+ mile rough/loose gravel downhill to contend with - it would be a lot more fun (and fast!) to just bomb down it, instead of riding the brakes the whole way down and having to pick a really good line to avoid potholes/rocks. If the road is smooth hardpack, than what I just said will not apply and you could do it on a 28c tired, short-wheelbase bike.
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Old 12-28-15, 02:20 PM
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reviewers, in major sites like cycling news/bike radar dont have to buy them first ..

(but they don't get to keep them either)
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